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  • Alicia Armstrong: Help reduce risk of sexual assault

  • As spring approaches, we all begin to come out of hibernation and liven up a bit. However, for Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes, April is a month to focus on spreading awareness about sexual assault. One of the many prevalent factors of sexual assault is rape and sexual assault on college campuses. Many college students have the mentality that rape or any type of sexual assault will never happen to them.

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  • As spring approaches, we all begin to come out of hibernation and liven up a bit. However, for Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes, April is a month to focus on spreading awareness about sexual assault. One of the many prevalent factors of sexual assault is rape and sexual assault on college campuses. Many college students have the mentality that rape or any type of sexual assault will never happen to them.
    In actuality, according to statistics, one in four women will experience sexual assault during their academic career. While one might think that these acts against women are mostly done by creepy strangers in dark alleys, this is not actually true. Most women who are sexually assaulted know their perpetrator; at least 80 percent, in fact.
    One way to keep from being sexually assaulted on campus is to use a buddy system. This means going to a party with a friend, always keeping an eye on each other, and leaving together. If you are drinking at a party, never put your drink down or let it out of your sight. This way you know that no one has slipped a drug into it. Finally, if you see that someone is in a situation that is making them uncomfortable, be brave and speak up because it could potentially save them from a harmful crime.
    If you have been in a situation where you think you have or may have been sexually assaulted, it’s OK to voice your concerns because it’s not right for anyone to receive this kind of treatment. If you would like help or someone to talk to, please feel free to call one of our 24-hour hotlines to talk to a trained counselor: Seneca and Ontario counties (800) 247-7273 and Yates county (315) 536-9654.
    Alicia Armstrong is educator/counselor for Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes.
     
     
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